Military mini-documentary and tourism trail launched

Press Release: 04/12/2014

Military

As the first of four years of expected commemorations marking the outbreak of WW1 comes to a close, Winchester City Council has launched an online documentary film and free trail to inform local people and visitors about the stories behind the district’s military landmarks that span centuries of history.

Winchester Military Museums, Winchester Cathedral, Winchester College, Fort Nelson and Winchester Area Tourist Guides Association all feature in the trail, which was created by the Visit Winchester team at Winchester City Council with help from historians from the new Hampshire Cultural Trust.

The military trail is free to download from www.visitwinchester.co.uk and available from Winchester Tourist Information Centre. The film is viewable on www.youtube.com/visitwinchester

Cllr Robert Humby, Leader of Winchester City Council and Portfolio Holder for tourism, said:

During talks with various military stakeholders during the run up to the WW1 centenary it became clear that we could make more of the fascinating military history of the district. 2014 – 2018 is expected to see an increase in day-trippers attending WW1 commemorative events. The trail is tailored for people who have a particular interest in military stories – and gives a broad context that tells a story that starts in the Iron Age and ends in the Nuclear Age.

The tourist information centre is open from 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday. The team can be contacted on tel 01962 840 500, e-mail tourism@winchester.gov.uk or via the website at www.visitwinchester.co.uk.